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Jam - first images of Harry Melling and Jasmine Hyde rehearsing

Harry Melling and Jasmine Hyde

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE first images have been released of Harry Melling and Jasmine Hyde rehearsing Jam. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Harry Melling (Kane) and Jasmine Hyde (Bella) will star in the world premiere of Jam, a first play by new playwright Matt Parvin, which runs at the Finborough Theatre from Tuesday, May 23 to Saturday, June 17, 2017.

They said I was violent. You’re the ‘victim’ – what do you think?

Ten years ago, Bella Soroush’s life was ruined by one of her pupils – Kane McCarthy. She has gradually rebuilt things – new school, new town, new friends – and finally feels at home in the depths of the countryside.

Now Kane is back in her classroom, armed with relics of the past and claiming to want forgiveness. As the truths they’ve clung to begin to collapse, teacher and pupil are forced to confront their prejudices and the shared history that has bound them together.

Set over a single evening, Jam is described as a relentless, incendiary new drama that interrogates social fault-lines in Britain today, and the tension between truth and justice.

Harry Melling’s theatre credits include King Lear (Old Vic), Hand to God (Vaudeville Theatre), The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre/Paines Plough), Peddling (HighTide/Arcola/59E59 New York), King Lear (Chichester), The Hothouse and When Did You Last See My Mother (Trafalgar Studios), Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), I Am A Camera (Southwark Playhouse), School for Scandal (Barbican) and Women Beware Women and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre).

His screen work includes The Musketeers, Joe Mistry, Garrow’s Law, Merlin, Just William and Friends and Crocodiles (TV); The Current War, Lost City of Z, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Winds of Change, I Think Therefore and Felicity (film).

Jasmine Hyde’s theatre credits include Not Moses (Arts Theatre), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Jermyn Street Theatre), Death of a Cyclist (Arcola Theatre), Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Somniloquy and Why Can’t We Live Together? (Theatre503), Waters of the Moon (Salisbury Playhouse), Pericles (RSC), Coast of Utopia (National Theatre) and Tiny Dynamite (Paines Plough/Frantic Assembly).

Her screen credits include Doctors, Holby City and Casualty (TV); The Unseen, The Truth Commissioner, Sins of a Father, A Distant Mirage, Runt, Other, Undo and Restoration (film). Hyde also plays Leonie Snell in The Archers and the young Hilda Rumpole in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey stories.

Produced by W14 Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Jam is directed by Tommo Fowler, who returns to the Finborough Theatre following his acclaimed productions of Obama-ology and I Wish To Die Singing.

The run will be accompanied by the FINBOROUGHFORUM, a series of informal post-show discussions and debates, on Wednesday evenings: May 31 and June 7. All events are free to ticketholders for that evening’s performance of the play.

FINBOROUGHFORUM events will all be Twitter friendly with live tweets from @FinboroughForum. Using the hashtag #finfor, the speakers will also answer questions posed on Twitter so everyone can be included, no matter where they are in the world. The events will feature a Q&A session with Matt Parvin, the writer, Tommo Fowler, the director and members of the cast.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: Late Company by Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill (until May 20) and the English premiere of a multi-award-winning play by David Ireland, Everything Between Us (April 30 to May 16, 2017).